Your pc is sluggish.
Let me guess, you don’t have any extra cash to get a new machine but you want to squeeze whatever life you can out of your current rig. If your still rockin’ an aging Windows XP or Windows 7 machine read on because I’ve put together some useful tips that may help your old computer feel a bit newer without having to spend any money. The following tips are ALL FREE & and easy to implement on your own:
When was the last time you defraged your computer? Have you ever? Its super easy and something you should be doing every couple of months. Picture it like an oil change on your car. It helps maintain your system so it runs optimally. So what is defragmentation? The act of defragmenting your computer physically organizes the actual contents (files) on your hard drive into the smallest number of contiguous regions (fragments).
Please translate that for me, I am not a cyborg! OK well picture a messy filing cabinet full of printed documents and random pieces of paper literally just thrown together in no particular order. You soon realize its hard to find anything cause its such a mess. Defragmenting is like the act of taking all of those documents and ORGANIZING them real nice and neat. So later when you go to find a document its real easy to QUICKLY find. File access on your computer works in pretty much the same manner. You attempt to access a file….your computer “finds” it, then loads it. The quicker the better.
2) Microsoft Security Essentials
Install and run a FULL scan with Microsoft Security Essentials. Its completely FREE and removes the need to pay for anti-virus programs like Norton & McAfee. MSE is considered to be one of the best anti-virus programs on the market today. Did I mention its free?
3) Check & Repair Your Hard Drive for Errors
You can also improve the performance of your computer by making sure that your hard drive has no errors on it. Over time, your hard drive WILL get surface errors. The good news is that you can easily run a scan in Windows to remedy these errors. Depending on the size of your hard drive the scan can take anywhere from 1-4 hours….so be ready! The scan doesn’t actually run until the next you restart your computer.
4) Uninstall Unused Programs & Applications
Thru the years you install TONS of programs, only to realize you never even use them. So they just sit on your computer taking up valuable system resources and unnecessarily using up hard drive space. It happens to us all. Spend some time getting rid of the unwanted programs in your system and it will be worth it. Especially tool bar related programs. Those are the worst!
5) Free Up Space…Delete Some Files!
If your computer space is running out of space we got a problem. Delete unneeded files. Move them to the cloud, burn cds, back them up on an external hard drive or thumb drive, etc. Do what you gotta do but if your running out of space you better do something. Your system will run smoother.
6) Clean the Inside of your Computer
Your computer & processor may be overheating and you don’t even know it. Excessive heat can cause a significant decrease in your computer’s overall performance. Some processors will even lower their speed automatically to help compensate for the heat related issues you are causing.
How are you causing these issues? Dust, dirt, and hair. Gross! These things build up over time and constrict proper air flow on your computer, which causes it to overheat. So make sure the inside of your computer case is clean and fans are not obstructed with build up!
7) The Final Frontier, Formatting your Machine
If none of #1-6 gives you an added boost you may want to consider formatting your computer. You will need the necessary means to back up your important files and you will need the original Windows Operating system as well as all of the drivers for your computer. This procedure is highly recommended and well worth the effort. If you can manage it, Its actually the BEST thing you can do to an aging machine. It will run just like the day you brought it home.
In summary…your pc is sluggish
1) Defragment your computer | Learn How
2) Install and run Microsoft Security Essentials
3) Check your hard drive for errors | Learn How
4) Uninstall unused programs | Learn How
5) Delete (or backup) files to free up space
6) Clean out the inside of your computer
7) If all else fails….format & re-install Windows
Enjoy and Goodluck!